Anolis lights Southampton Mayflower Theatre
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
anolis-southampton-mayflower-iimg8466The theatre turned blue in support of the NHS
UK - The exterior of the Southampton Mayflower Theatre brings an extra dazzle of warmth and vitality to a usually busy city centre, illuminated with an Anolis lighting scheme which was installed by Lighting Technology Projects (LTP).
Built in 1928, the venue is a Grade II listed building with a prominent central location and seating capacity of 2300, making it the largest theatre in the South of England.
Anolis products were recommended for the architectural installation to the theatre’s Chief LX Neil Kingston and their head of technical operations, Rachel Fox, by several people, including those running the O2 Guildhall, another leading Southampton live performance venue - which is also externally lit with Anolis - as well as by contacts at cruise company Carnival UK which is headquartered in the city.
With these references, Kingston was confident that Anolis would withstand the environment! He and Rachel further consulted with Simon Gooding from Anolis UK and Keith Elms from LTP and collectively they made the decision to go with Anolis, choosing fixtures from two popular Anolis RGBW ranges of luminaires to ensure that the landmark venue received the right lighting treatment!
Mayflower’s previous RGB LED exterior lighting installation had become tired and was battered and eroded by the winds and salty air of the seaside, explained Kingston, so these were replaced with three Anolis Divine 160 RGBW 40° units with barn doors, six ArcSource 24MC 11 narrow degree fixtures and four ArcSource 24MC 7 narrow degree lights.
All the ArcSource 24s are fitted with the top hat extension. The shuttering accessories are to facilitate the tightest and most accurate focuses in all cases.
The three Divine 160 units are positioned on the foyer canopy and evenly wash up the whole Mayflower front façade.
The 10 x ArcSource Outdoor 24MCs are mounted on standard brackets and are used for precision up-lighting of the venue’s deco columns and side turrets. Despite their small size and footprint, these fixtures produce strong and distinctive beams of light.
To minimise impact on the front façade and maximise the cost-efficiency of the project, the Anolis fixtures are fitted in the same positions as the previous lights and are controlled via a mini-Mac running ChamSys lighting control software.
The signature look is red - to match Mayflower’s rich interior period feel and their branding - however, the lighting scheme gives scope and flexibility to match the theme of the current show or event.
This year it’s turned blue in support of the NHS and the ‘house’ red has been a boost to the various #LightItInRed events staged to raise awareness of the challenges facing the performance industry during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re delighted,” states Kingston, “the building looks great and really stands out with these lights.”

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